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Donegal john

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Just brewed a citra simco ipa with maris otter and it’s due to be kegged today. Tasted a sample and it’s salty ?? Adden the usual amount of gypsum and calcium chloride that I normally do but it tastes very salty. Anyone any experience with this before ? Will it mellow ?
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Has your incoming water chemistry changed?
 

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Has your incoming water chemistry changed?
Not that I was aware of Clint. Possibly I added more calcium chloride than normal but it was still only a small amount. 🤷‍♂️
 

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You're not scoffing a big plate of fish and chips?
Ha ha unfortunately not. Had a fry earlier though.
Tried it a few times and it’s bloody salty.
Only thing extra I added was Young’s yeast nutrient as I was using kveik
 

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Update.
This is going down the drain tomorrow as the taste of salt is still very dominant.
It has to be due to a change in my water chemistry. Pity as it had potential
 

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Apparently calcium chloride solutions do taste ‘salty’ (from a quick google) but I should think your water supply would have to go seriously out-of-whack to get that much of an effect… how many grams per litre of CaCl did you add - also any CRS?
 

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Apparently calcium chloride solutions do taste ‘salty’ (from a quick google) but I should think your water supply would have to go seriously out-of-whack to get that much of an effect… how many grams per litre of CaCl did you add - also any CRS?
Just the normal cacl 1/4 teaspoon in the boil. No crs
I live 500 yards from the pumping station so I might have been unlucky enough to have opened the tap right after some dosing had taken place 🤷‍♂️
Not sure what happened at all but my water did taste salty one day shortly after.
My wife has pointed out that my taste buds have changed since I’ve had covid and I notice salt a lot more now in food so possible combination of factors.
 

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I live 500 yards from the pumping station so I might have been unlucky enough to have opened the tap right after some dosing had taken place 🤷‍♂️
Not sure what happened at all but my water did taste salty one day shortly after.
Bad news either way - you must have been gutted to have to dump the batch.
If it happens again it maybe worth getting a cheap RO setup - I use one similar to this and it works a treat athumb..

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Your water hasn’t been taken after going through a water softener has it?
No hb it’s straight from the tap.
Water in Donegal is very good for brewing generally with minimal additions.
I might leave the beer another few weeks to see how it develops. But I haven’t much hope for it tbh.
 

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